How to Qualify

Qualifying for the Championships differs based on the division in which you want to qualify. Entrants must pre-enter the competition with a non-refundable $50 application fee by September 27, 2021. Pre-entries for the 2021 Championships are not yet open.

Qualifying lists will be made available after entries close September 27, 2021. Note that qualifying lists are based on points earned from competitions with a start date from December 1, 2020, to September 27, 2021.

Because the USHJA uses USEF point totals for the qualifying period, we urge you to send your entries early. Please ensure that your points are correct with USEF. There is no need to send lists unless there is a pending discrepancy with USEF. All point discrepancies between your total and USEF total will be resolved through USEF before acceptances are issued. Do not send USEF printouts. 

For qualifying for all Hunter and Jumper sections, once USHJA Zone points list are exhausted, National standings will be used on a first come first serve basis.

Qualifying for the USHJA National Hunter Championships

Twenty (20) horses will be accepted per section based on points accumulated during the qualifying period. The top two entered horses per Zone are accepted. If any top two entries decline, then entries will be accepted by working down the Zone’s qualifying list. Any extra entries will be accepted based on total highest National points accumulated during the qualifying period.

Maximum of 2 horses per rider allowed per section.

Horses must have won a minimum of .5 Zone/National points during the qualifying period.

National Hunter Derby

Two National Hunter Derby sections will be offered: Professional and Junior/Amateur

Fifty (50) horses total will be accepted for each section (Professional and Junior/Amateur) based on National Hunter Derby Program standings during the qualifying period. Top five entered horses from the program standings by Zone are accepted. If any top five entries decline, then entries will be accepted by working down the standings list. Any extra entries will be accepted based on total highest National program standings money won accumulated during the qualifying period.

Maximum of 3 horses per rider allowed.

USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake 3’/3’3” & 3’6”/3’9”

Maximum of 40 enrolled horses per section will be accepted of qualified horses entered in the green divisions. The top two entered horses per Zone based on points accumulated during the qualifying period are accepted. If any top two entries decline, then entries will be accepted by working down the Zone’s qualifying list. Any extra entries will be accepted based on total highest National points accumulated during the qualifying period. Horses must be on the accepted list for the underlying green section.

Maximum 2 horses per rider allowed.

Qualifying for the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships

Eligibility Requirements: Please find complete eligibility requirements on page 13 of the Championship Specifications.

Horses being considered for qualification to the USHJA National Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by September 27, 2021 regardless of their qualification status.

1.00m (Low Children's and Low Adults) Jumper Section

Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section from the Low Children’s and Low Adult Zone HOTY Standings based on points accumulated during the qualifying period. The top three entered horses per Zone are accepted. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone HOTY Standings, horses will be accepted based on National points accumulated during the qualifying period

1.10m/1.15m Children’s and Adult, 1.20m/1.25m Junior/Amateur, 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Sections

Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section by being an Individual Medalist at the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships. If Individual Medalists decline, entries will be accepted based on total highest National points accrued during the qualifying period. Any extra entries will be invited from the USHJA Zone HOTY Standings List. Please see page 14 of the Championships Specifications for full details.

Open 1.20m and 1.30m Jumper Sections

Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section based on Zone HOTY Standings List. The top three horses based on points accrued during the qualifying period will be accepted. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone HOTY Standings List, horses will be accepted from the National list based on total money won during the qualifying period. Please see page 15 of the Championship Specifications for details on 5-, 6- and 7-Year-Old Young Jumper qualifying.

Open 1.40m Jumper Section

Thirty (30) horses will be accepted by being an Individual Medalist from the Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. Qualifying lists are based on money won/points from December 1, 2020 through September 27, 2021. Please see page 15 of the Championship Specifications for full qualifying details.

Qualifing for the USHJA National Equitation Championships

Twenty-five (25) riders will be accepted per section. The top two entered riders by Zone will be accepted based on standings accumulated during the qualifying period. If there are not enough entries through Zone qualifying, entered riders will be accepted based on total highest Standings from other Zones based on entry postmark date.

EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Class

Up to 50 riders will be accepted. Riders must have qualified and entered in one of the age group equitation divisions at the championships to be eligible for the medals.

USHJA 3’3” Hunter Seat Medal Class

Up to 50 riders will be accepted. Riders must have qualified and entered in one of the age group equitation divisions at the championships to be eligible for the medals.

Qualifying for the USHJA Affiliate Championships

Affiliate and Outreach Competitors have an opportunity to compete at the USHJA National Championships in the Affiliate Championship sections. Open only to Juniors and Amateurs.

Qualifying as an Outreach Competitor

Outreach members who have been awarded the Outreach Golden Backstage Pass, based on points calculated as of September 15, 2021, are provided the opportunity to compete in the USHJA Affiliate Championships. Golden Backstage Pass winners will also have the opportunity to participate in Grand Prix and Derby course walks and attend additional educational sessions at the National Championships.

Riders may only compete in Affiliate Championship sections of comparable height for which they achieved their Gold Level status. An entered horse may compete in a “Rated” section of comparable heights with a rider not competing in the USHJA Affiliate Championships. Affiliate section entry fees will be waived for these members. Outreach Gold Level rider entries will be in addition to the 30 selected Affiliate entries. The deadline for Outreach Competitor entries is September 27, 2021. Please see page 16 of the Championship Specification for full detail on qualifying through the USHJA Outreach program.

Qualifying as an Affiliate Competitor

Affiliate Competitors are selected through each individual Affiliate organization based on which entrants they deem most qualified to compete and represent their organization. Qualifying procedures vary by Affiliate. Thirty (30) entries will be accepted per section. Horses and riders do not have to be registered or members of USHJA to participate in these sections. Horses may compete in a “Rated” section of comparable heights with a rider not competing in the USHJA Affiliate Championships. Please see page 16 of the Championship Specifications for full detail on qualifying through the USHJA Affiliate Organizations.

Affiliate Hunter Sections

Horse and rider combinations may not compete in both the 2’ and 2’6” sections. Horse and rider combinations may not cross enter into “Rated” sections at the Championships.

Affiliate Equitation Sections

Riders may not cross enter into “Rated” sections at the Championships.

Fence heights: 2’ for 14 & Under, 2’6” for 15-17, and 2’6” for Adults

Affiliate Jumper Sections

Horse and rider combinations may compete in one USHJA Affiliate Jumper Section height lower or higher than the one qualified to compete. Horse and rider combinations may not cross enter into “Rated” sections at the Championships.

Height sections: .70m, .80m and .90m

View the full specifications for the USHJA National Championships